Mwiba Lodge

Pashan Garh or ‘stone fortress’ is a cluster of 12 stone cottages huddled atop a small hill, with a sweeping view of dense foliage. Set in 200 acres of private wilderness; this luxury jungle lodge draws inspiration from the dry-packed stone houses of the Panna region. The large and airy guest areas boast open courtyards and a stone deck overlooking the expanse of the forest down a gentle slope. A lookout tower offers a perfect perch for bird watching by day and stargazing after sundown. A rectangular pool under shady trees invites guests for a refreshing dip. Vintage table lamps, rich textiles and an array of other treasures bring softness and warmth to the chunky stone interiors of the common areas.

The air-conditioned, standalone cottages are screened by trees and merge into the rolling landscape. Each spacious cottage has an open sit out area with a covered gazebo which sports beautifully sculptured panels inspired from the carvings of Khajuraho temples. Inside, dry packed stone walls and airy architecture create the impression of a summer pavilion. A fireplace with electric heating is built into the stone wall, along the length of which runs a deep divan. A king sized bed faces a large window, while a uniquely designed fan with lacquered bamboo blades moves silently overhead. A king sized bed faces a large window and on the side tall walk-in windows lead guests onto the open courtyard. The décor is a contemporary mix of chocolate linens, block-printed silks, cotton lace chandeliers and contemporary leather furniture. Delicious Indian fare prepared by expert chefs is discreetly delivered using the unobtrusive butler hatch. The bathroom features a dramatic central shower, twin wash basins and open shelves lined with paisley patterned silk in ebony and white.

Jeep Safari 

Twice daily Safari Drives are conducted by expert naturalists in specially designed 4X4 vehicles with theatre style seating. Morning safaris start shortly after sunrise. Along with the thrill of tiger tracking, is a memorable stop for a picnic breakfast. Afternoon safaris last a couple of hours and end at sunset. Pashan Garh is equidistant from Hinouta and Madla gates, two official entry points to the Panna National Park. Both gates lead to different habitats and offer panoramic views. The expert naturalists are always updated about animal movements, especially those of tigers and leopards and formulate the day’s safari plans keeping guest preferences in mind. Typically, morning drives tend to be longer in duration and may begin at Hinouta which is a plateau. This flat open woodland with rocky hills and grasslands is a good place to spot the Indian gazelle or the Chinkara as well as the Chowsingha or four horned antelopes. The deep gorge of Dhundhwa Sehais not only a photographer’s delight, it is a roosting spot for several vulture species as well as the Peregrine falcon.

Cultural Tours

Just an hour drive from the lodge is the famed Khajuraho Temple complex. Devote half a day, touring this UNESCO World Heritage Site known to have been built by the Chandela Dynasty between 950 and 1050. The temples are famous for their nagara style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures. This is where the annual Khajuraho Dance Festival takes place every year in February.

Hiking

A Nature Trail is ideal for adventurers looking for a closer communion with nature. Be it the nature trails offered in the buffer zone of the park or a leisurely nature walk, it is an opportunity to get acquainted with the smaller creatures. Butterflies, dung beetles scurrying about and multitudes of wild flowers are a few of the many delights best discovered on foot. Surrounded by forests on all sides, this safari lodge has the luxury of offering guests a nature walk within its own 200 acre private forest. A winding walking trail has been created that snakes past open woods to denser tree cover and meadows. The professional naturalists share an orientation about the walk and guests can choose from a leisurely stroll under an hour long to a full-fledged walking safari lasting a couple of hours. Nearly a decade of sustained afforestation and a natural catchment area forming a small lake have made Pashan Garh a wilderness haven. An adventurous walk will bring guests across tracks of jackals, hyena, sambar, blue bull and on occasion a bear.

By Air
Khajuraho – 40 km, 1 hr

By Rail
Khajuraho – 40 km, 1 hr | Jhansi – 200 km, 4 hrs | Satna – 70 km, 90 min

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